(Closed) Anyone facing two-level seating at their reception?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yep my venue has a lower level and a slighly higher one. Guests can still hear music because there are speakers on the lower level but they can’t see the dance floor or anything that is going on unless they come up. 108 guests can be seated on the higher one and about 50 on the lower. There are 99 people on the guest list so any crashers will be placed on the bottom.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Ours isn’t quite like that.  It’s a stage w/ dance floor/grassy area (pavilion like), and tables on that level.  Then there are tables on a higher level up like a few stairs.  We were planning on dinner in the higher seats and people can migrate down to the seats closer to the stage during the other festivities.  So, we are doing something sorta similar to what you’re doing.  I think having them come down during dancing, etc, is the best way!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yep, we are doing ours at an art gallery in the main hall. About 75% of the tables will be in the mail hall and the rest will be on the balcony encircling  it. Luckily though, the balcony railing is clear glass and the venue is very, very open so the guests up there will have no problem looking down at the head table and rest of the venue. Also, because of the glass we opted to push the tables against the railing and seat people on the other 3 sides of the tables so that no one had their back to the rail.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Same situation.  Our reception is in the GAIA Arts in Berkeley.  More people can be seated in the mezzanine area and they can’t see the stage when seated.  So we just finished drafting our reception timeline, our plan is do the whole dinner thing without folks getting bothered.  Then, after dinner, some of the tables in the bottom, where us and the bridal party and other families will be seated, are going to be moved to make space for dance floor.  While that’s happening, we’re going to get our pictures taken with some folks.  Then when the dance floor is setup, the program starts.  Folks can opt to just stay in the mezzanine area looking out while the program is happening.  It’s the best way we can do it, I think. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

Our reception was in a converted barn that had lofts on either side.  Guests could see the dance floor only if the stood up from their seats to look over the balcony.  We just decided to put the younger crowd on the balconies.  Siblings, cousins, friends, etc.  Even most of our bridal party was upstairs because we did a sweetheart table and seated the bridal party with our guests.  The younger crowd doesn’t care about having to stand up or go up and down stairs and since our bridal party was up there it didn’t look like the balcony seats were the “cheap seats”

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Yup.  We have 8 people, all good friends and good sports, who will be seated on a balcony while everyone else is on the main floor.  It’s not ideal, but it is what it is…luckily they can see the main floor and still hear everything so it shouldn’t be that big of a deal.  Literally if ONE MORE person had said yes we would have people in a whole separate room, so we got lucky with our final count. 

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